Notsuke Peninsula, the largest sand peninsula in Japan, is 26 kilometers long, yet only 50 meters wide at its narrowest point. The best time to visit is in the winter, when Notsuke Bay (on the inner side of the peninsula) freezes over, creating a vast plain of ice that stretches as far as the eye can see. Along with mountains of pure white snow, the ice field expands out to the horizon: a true celebration of Japanese winter. For an unforgettable visit, hire a local guide between January and March and head off via snowshoes or snowmobile to explore this expansive landscape. While surrounded by the icy panorama, be sure to take advantage of the unique natural backdrop for some creative photographic endeavors.